All posts by Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a contributing editor for TidBITS, and writes for outlets such as Macworld, DPReview, Creative Pro, and others. He is the author of Take Control of Lightroom CC; Take Control of Your Digital Photos; Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course; and The iPad for Photographers, among many other titles.

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Watching Tour de France

I’m working on an article with the TV on in the background, watching the riders of the Tour de France climb in the Alps. I’ve never really followed the Tour, but I like to catch some of the televised coverage. Mostly, this is because it’s fun to watch the crowds. You see quite a few ...

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Coffee Fanatics

Yet another example of how my own coffee enthusiasm is but a drop of crema in the world of espresso: In Search of the Perfect Cup, the Old Coffee Pot Is Passé (NY Times, free subscription required to view) talks about a selection of coffee fanatics for whom a $2000 or even $7500 espresso machine ...

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Bring ’em On

Finally, democrats are starting to stand up from the cowered stance they’ve been in with regard to the Bush White House. In a news item on CNN, democratic leaders denouced bush’s tough-guy manner of speech, specifically when he said “bring ’em on” in response to a question about the continuing attacks in Iraq that have ...

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Directors NotePad

Looking for a central application to track shots and assets while you shoot? Check out Directors NotePad, a $29 lite version of Directors NoteBook.

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Wait, iSight CAN capture video

Apple says that the iSight can’t capture video to iMovie. Fair enough. However, Derrick Story at MacDevCenter has discovered a way to capture video that can then be imported into iMovie (or edited using QuickTime Player Pro). Using QuickTime Broadcaster (a free download), you can capture iSight video to disk, export the footage to DV ...

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Favorite screenshot of the day

Andy Inhatko writes about using iChat AV, and includes the best computer screenshot I’ve seen in a while.

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Article on Free WiFi

My officemate Glenn Fleishman wrote a good piece for the Seattle Times about coffeeshops, restaurants, and hotels that are discovering the advantages of offering free wireless Internet access (WiFi). By coincidence, I was at Herkimer Coffee the day he interviewed the owner, so I can count myself as one of the three laptop users mentioned ...

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Added Google AdSense

The text banner at the top of the page below the title is the product of Google’s AdSense program. You’ve probably run into a few of these on the Web already, and you’re sure to see a lot more. Essentially, it’s a mechanism whereby every time someone clicks on a link, I earn a tiny ...

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No Video from iSight

Apple’s new iSight video camera won’t capture video to iMovie, according to an Apple KnowledgeBase document. The iSight doesn’t output in the DV format that iMovie recognizes. However, you can use the iSight as a good-quality microphone to record voice-overs within iMovie. If you have a digital camcorder already, however, you don’t need a $150 ...

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iMovie 3 VQS Now Available!

My latest book, iMovie 3 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide is now shipping! This edition covers everything about editing video using iMovie 3 through the just-released iMovie 3.0.3 update (thanks to the confluence of Apple releasing the software the day before bluelines arrived at the publisher, resulting in a very hectic day of ...